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2016 Big Ten Football Power Rankings: Ohio State reigns supreme ahead of Week 1

The TCR Power Rankings are back! Check out who's at the top for Week 1.

A new season is upon us! And with football comes TCR's weekly Big Ten Power Rankings, amongst other exciting content we'll be releasing prior to the Murray State game (5 days away!). While Lovie Smith has been our favorite offseason topic, the rest of the conference didn't stay quiet by any means.

Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines made headlines seemingly every week, and new coaches DJ Durkin (Maryland) and Chris Ash (Rutgers) settled in and started recruiting their heads off. A notable absentee from the offseason banter was Ohio State, however they've reloaded yet again and are poised to make another run at a Big Ten title.

But enough talk! Here's how our staff ranked the 14 teams ahead of Week 1.

Week 1 Big Ten Football Power Rankings

1

Ohio State Buckeyes

2015 RECORD: 12-1 (7-1)
Next Game: Bowling Green (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
2 1 - 1 1 2 2 1 1 1.38

2

Michigan Wolverines

2015 RECORD: 10-3 (6-2)
SBN Blog: Maize n Brew
Next Game: Hawaii (0-1)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
1 3 - 2 2 1 1 2 2 1.75

3

Michigan State Spartans

2015 RECORD: 12-2 (7-1)
SBN Blog: The Only Colors
Next Game: Furman (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
3 2 - 3 3 3 3 3 3 2.88

4

Iowa Hawkeyes

2015 RECORD: 12-2 (8-0)
Next Game: Miami-Ohio (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
4 4 - 4 4 4 6 5 4 4.38

5

Wisconsin Badgers

2015 RECORD: 10-3 (6-2)
Next Game: No. 5 LSU (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
5 5 - 5 6 6 5 4 7 5.38

6

Northwestern Wildcats

2015 RECORD: 10-3 (6-2)
SBN Blog: Inside NU
Next Game: Western Michigan (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
6 8 - 7 5 7 7 7 - 6.38

7

Penn State Nittany Lions

2015 RECORD: 7-6 (4-4)
SBN Blog: Black Shoe Diaries
Next Game: Kent State (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
8 7 - 8 7 5 9 8 5 7.13

8

Nebraska Cornhuskers

2015 RECORD: 6-7 (3-5)
SBN Blog: Corn Nation
Next Week: Fresno State (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
7 6 - 6 8 8 10 7 6 7.25

9

Indiana Hoosiers

2015 RECORD: 6-7 (2-6)
SBN Blog: The Crimson Quarry
Next Game: Florida International

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
9 9 - 9 10 11 7 10 11 9.50

10

Illinois Fighting Illini

2015 RECORD: 5-7 (2-6)
SBN Blog: The Champaign Room
Next Game: Murray State (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
11 11 - 11 9 9 8 9 10 9.75

T-11

Maryland Terrapins

2015 RECORD: 3-9 (1-7)
SBN Blog: Testudo Times
Next Game: Howard (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
12 13 - 12 11 10 12 11 9 11.25

T-11

Minnesota Golden Gophers

2015 RECORD: 6-7 (2-6)
SBN Blog: The Daily Gopher
Next Game: Oregon State

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
10 10 - 10 12 13 11 12 12 11.25

13

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

2015 RECORD: 4-8 (1-7)
SBN Blog: On The Banks
Next Game: @ Washington (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
13 12 - 13 13 12 13 14 13 12.88

14

Purdue Boilermakers

2015 RECORD: 2-10 (1-7)
SBN Blog: Hammer & Rails
Next Game: E. Kentucky (0-0)

Vainisi Primiano Sill Bourbon Vallese Smith Jabs Repplinger Fishel AVERAGE
14 14 - 14 14 14 14 13 14 13.88